I found a $10.00 bill at Wal-Mart. It was sitting in between some baby food. I picked it up and put it in my cart as if it were groceries. I didn't want to deal with deciding whether or not to keep it. What are the chances that someone would report they lost $10.00? The kids weren't with me, but I still kept thinking what would they think. I got up to the counter and started unloading the groceries and ended up putting the bill on the conveyer belt with the food as if I was buying the money. Strange I know.
I almost grabbed it, then I told the cashier I found it. She said,"I don't think anyone has every turned in cash before." She called the manager and he was walking around all upset about something else. She handed me the bill and pointed at him. I went up to talk to him and he basically didn't listen to me, grabbed the money out of my hand and said thanks. I stood there dumbfounded that I just donated $10.00 to Wal-Mart.
What would you do? Am I insane? I kept thinking if my 4-year-old had been with me I would have had to turn in the money to teach him right from wrong. But I also think it was kind of a stupid thing to do too.
Parent Center says to lead by example:
Set a good example. The best way to teach honesty is to be honest. Avoid lying to your child, even about difficult subjects such as illness, death, or divorce. It's better to admit that some things are hard to talk about than to try to cover them up. Remember, your grade-schooler still looks to you and your partner as role models.
So have no doubt: He'll take note if he hears you tell his uncle how you managed to cheat on your taxes, and he'll be rightly confused if you instruct him to lie about his age so you can save a few dollars on his amusement park admission. Honesty does have a price, and it's worth paying it now.
What do you think? How do you teach your kids to be honest?